China demands satellite data on aircraft crash

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Grieving Chinese relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 try to remove a police barricade as they gather to protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on Tuesday. AFP PHOTO

Grieving Chinese relatives of passengers on missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 try to remove a police barricade as they gather to protest outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing on Tuesday. AFP PHOTO

BEIJING: China has demanded that Malaysia hand over the satellite data which led to its judgement on Monday that missing flight MH370 crashed at sea and that none on board survived.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak told relatives on Monday that the flight “ended in the southern Indian Ocean” after new analysis of satellite data on the airliner’s path placed its last position in remote waters off Australia’s west coast.

Irate relatives of Chinese passengers on crashed Flight MH370 scuffled with security personnel outside Malaysia’s embassy on Tuesday, demanding answers about the plane’s mysterious and lonely demise in the stormy Indian Ocean.

In a meeting late Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng asked Malaysia’s Ambassador to China, Iskandar Bin Sarudin, to provide the “detailed evidence” that led to the conclusion, China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.


“We demand the Malaysian side to state the detailed evidence that leads them to this judgement as well as supply all the relevant information and evidence about the satellite data analysis,” Xie said, according to a statement on the ministry’s website.

“The search and rescue work cannot stop now, we demand the Malaysian side to continue to finish all the work including search and rescue,” Xie said.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 went missing on March 8 with 239 people aboard—two thirds of them Chinese—en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Protest Action
Also at Beijing, scuffles broke out when uniformed security personnel tried to block some relatives from reaching reporters outside the Malaysian embassy in Beijing.

“Return our relatives,” the family members shouted as uniformed police and plainclothes security protected the embassy’s gates. Another slogan went: “The Malaysian government are murderers.”

“My son, my son, return my son!” screamed Wen Wancheng, 63, as relatives behind him chanted slogans, raising their fists. Behind him, others bowed their heads and sobbed.

Chinese authorities normally keep a tight rein on any protests in Beijing, but occasionally allow people to vent their feelings, especially against foreign targets such as Japan.

The relatives delivered a written protest to the embassy before leaving.

Police had blocked traffic to allow the marchers through to the embassy, while at the mission itself scores of black-clad uniformed police officers kept the roads clear, their walkie-talkies abuzz.

Two-thirds of the passengers aboard the doomed flight were Chinese.

AFP

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